ESPN announced the 2010 BracketBuster schedule on Monday, and it's highlighed by 11 televised games. In all, 98 teams and 14 conferences will play BracketBuster games on either Friday, February 19, or Saturday, February 20.
Here are the televised games, with dates and times:
Friday, February 19
Old Dominion at Northern Iowa (ESPN2, 7 p.m. ET)
William & Mary at Iona (ESPNU, 9 p.m. ET)
Saturday, February 20
Siena at Butler (ESPN2, 11 a.m. ET)
Morgan State at Murray State (ESPNU, Noon)
Louisiana Tech at Northeastern (ESPN2, 1 p.m. ET)
Nevada at Missouri State (ESPN2, 3 p.m. ET)
Akron at Virginia Commonwealth (ESPNU, 4 p.m. ET)
Charleston at George Mason (ESPN2, 8 p.m. ET)
Western Carolina at Kent State (ESPNU, 8 p.m. ET)
New Mexico State at Pacific (ESPNU, 10 p.m. ET)
Wichita State at Utah State (ESPN2, 11:59 p.m. ET)
There are three huge games on the schedule, most notably Siena at Butler. The Saints are the clear favorites to win the MAAC, but if they were to ever need an at-large, this game is a must-win. It's also a chance for Butler to add a quality win to its resume, which is something the Bulldogs can't do in the not-so-great Horizon.
The other two important games are Old Dominion at Northern Iowa and Wichita State at Utah State. ODU already has a huge road win at Georgetown under its belt, and if they can win at UNI, they would look really good for an at-large. The Panthers got shafted a little bit because they already played Siena, but a potential win over the at-large caliber Monarchs would still be impressive.
No team might need to win their BracketBuster game more than Wichita. The Shockers are hanging onto an at-large bid in our latest bracket by the slimmest of margins, and if they can't win at UNI this week, this game becomes ultra-imperative. They wont have an easy go of it against the red-hot Aggies, though. Utah State has only lost once at home this year (to St. Mary's) and they beat BYU in Logan back on Dec. 2.
The team that has to hate its match-up the most out of this group is William & Mary. The Tribe have only themselves to blame - their fifth place position in the Colonial killed them - and getting a road game at Iona does nothing to help their at-large chances. They're really going to need to make a heck of run in conference to get back on the bubble.